2014 Greyton Gendadendal Classics For All Music Festival

Posted by The Cape Country Meander on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 with No comments

This is not one of those classical festivals with which we non-afficienados associate words like “opera” and “orchestra” with notions of snobbery and pretention. The Greyton Genadendal Classics For All Festival really is an accessible musical event for everyone. Such is the fresh, edgy variety with which this annual participation music celebration is put together. Year on year it grows in popularity and diversity. In fact, in spite of some sneaky snow, last year’s concerts were a sell out.

Chloe Murphy
Four days eleven concerts

The festival’s light classical concerts are spread across a four-day period from 29 May until 1 June 2014. Concerts are performed in historic churches and other indoor venues at sister villages Genadendal and Greyton in the Overberg. This year, you can expect another exciting programme featuring eleven concerts (four more than last year) and, for the first time some overseas performers.

Anele Mhlahlo

Exciting programme

The programme includes an “alla breve” version of Mozart’s Don Giovani, the Appassionato Woodwind Quartet, and the “Duelling Guitars” of James Grace and Chloe Murphy. You’ll also get to experience “The Next Generation”, which features the exceptional talents of violinist Anele Mhlahlo, Axolile Hosa a young flutist who matriculated from the Overberg High School, and pianist Phillipus Hugo. The Greyton Primary School is performing in concert with Emile Minnie and Godfrey Johnson. Award-winning duo Minnie and Johnson will also be performing their new show “Comedy Classics”. Other programme highlights include the Stellenberg Girls Choir with conductor Andre van der Merwe, the Charl du Plessis Trio, and the Cantique Chamber Ensemble, and the ATKV Gala Concert.

Violina Anguelov and Beverley Chiat
Welcome to brass country

The German brass ensemble, Harmonic Brass Munich are to perform a special concert “Concerto Festivo”. This
will be followed by a workshop for brass instrumentalists from the Overberg region. It simply wouldn’t do to not have brass representation in these parts. Brass roots go deep, as far back as 1838 in fact.

Charl du Plessis Trio

Music, wine, art, food, people

So come and relax, discover new up and coming local talent, do some wine tasting, browse some art, and indulge in delicious farm fresh food. Restaurants and street cafes will be open and serving festive fare. In fact, it’s rumoured that some of the Greyton village eateries will offer some classical busking of their own.

Plenty of accommodation

Pop in to one of the local village pubs for a little nightcap after a day of Bach, Mozart, and musical theatre. There are plenty of accommodation options in and around Greyton and Genadendal. Book a night or two so that you don’t have to trek in and out.

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